I was excited to see a book from a new author and I tend to enjoy sports books I decided to give "The Quarterback" a try. Matt is a closeted football star who comes from a homophobic family. He meets a fellow student, Trevor, who is his total opposite. Trevor is Korean American, he works multiple jobs to pay his way through school and he's out with his sexuality. When the two young men meet there is explosive chemistry and they end up in a relationship.
The premise of the story was good but the execution did not work for me. This book was filled with every gay stereotype you can think of and it felt like a jump back in time. The m/m romance genre has come a long way in the past five years and I expect well written characters and plot arcs. I was unhappy with this early on and I probably would have do not finished it if it had not been a review book.
The actual technical aspect of the writing was fine. It was that the message behind the story made me feel both icky and angry. Neither are feelings I want to have when reading a romance book. (Actually neither are feelings I want to have at any time but you get what I mean).
Unfortunately everything about this book was a big miss for me and I do not see myself trying this author again in the future.
Matt Lancaster is the star quarterback at Bodine College, a small Southern Division II school with an ultra-conservative Dean of Athletics. Matt is also very much in the closet, and he thinks he’s kept his secret well hidden. Until his best friends take him to a happy endings massage parlor and request a male masseuse for him.
In walks Trevor Kim, a gorgeous, pierced, tattooed fellow Bodine student who does massages—without happy endings—to pay for school after his family kicked him out for being gay. Trevor takes one look at Matt and breaks all his own rules about mixing business with pleasure.
Matt needs to keep his scholarship, win the National Championship, and survive his asshole father. Instead, he falls in love. Trevor needs to accept that the football god is meant to end up with him rather than a perky cheerleader. It’s time for a happy ending for both of them.